Try our new search tool: Primo

The Monroe Library is launching a new tool called Primo, which allows you to search most of the library’s collections in one step.  With this tool you can see many of the book, article, archival, and media resources the library owns in a single search. Watch for changes to our library home page as we incorporate this new service.

Here are some tips on when to use Primo:

If you know the title of the book or article that you want to locate, Primo is a great place to start because it offers relevancy rankings.  Items that best match your search terms will be at the top of the list.  You’ll also quickly find related resources in the results list.

If you just need a few articles for a paper, start your search with a general database like Academic Search Complete.  If you decide you need more sources or if you need books and other types of resources, give Primo a shot.  Let us know how you like it.

If you are an advanced researcher and need to limit your searching to discipline-specific sources, use our Research Guides to access the specialized databases that we have for your major or discipline.

Since Primo combines results from our catalog, databases, and digital collections you will often encounter results lists with many items.  Try using the limiters on the left (similar to those on Amazon.com) or adding more keyword terms to your search.

Need one-to-one help?  Contact us in-person at the Learning Commons desk or by chat, text, email, or phone.

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